BENEFITING: E3 ROCHESTER INC
Thank you for supporting our students.
Help reinvent high school for the boys who need it most.
Rochester, NY, has the lowest high school graduation rate for African-American and Latino boys in the U.S. (9% and 10%, respectively). Vertus Charter School’s founders Perry White and Leigh McGuigan were recruited to Rochester by E3, a non-profit dedicated to improving the city's public education. The Vertus team is creating an innovative career high school for boys that has the potential to transform high school.
Vertus combines high tech learning with traditional values. Each young man belongs to a small team of 12 students, led by a dedicated "preceptor"-- a full-time male staff member who is 100% responsible for the success of the 12 young men on his team. Students attend school year-round on a quarter system.
Each student has an individual plan for academics, character and career based on his unique strengths and challenges. Students learn on-line, progressing at their own pace as they master courses and lessons; work in small groups on interdisciplinary projects; and receive individual tutoring as needed. Whether he chooses to go directly to college after graduation or to begin his career, every young man graduates with a recognized credential for a good-paying job, so that he can always support himself.
Vertus has received a prestigious national grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (funded by the Gates foundation) for its innovative approach, including how we combine technology with caring relationships. This $150,000 grant comes with $300,000 in matching funds. To help us fully qualify for the matching funds, Vertus Board members and local philanthropists are promising a dollar-for-dollar match of every contribution we generate through Crowdrise, up to $50,000. This means that every dollar you contribute turns into $4 to help us launch Vertus. Funds go into an account used exclusively for Vertus at E3. If Vertus is successful, the founders have promised to open more career high schools for boys using Vertus’ high tech, high touch model.
Learn more about Vertus at www.vertusschool.org.